Investment Property FinTech Downpayments Raises $32.8 Million
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Investment Property FinTech Downpayments Raises $32.8 Million

A FinTech that allows property investors to finance their down payments has announced a new funding round.

About the round:

This week, Florida-based startup Downpayments announced that it had raised $32.8 million via a mix of debt and equity. According to Crunchbase, the debt financing portion of the round totaled $31.8 million, while the equity seed round accounted for the other $1 million. Partners for Growth facilitated the debt financing, while Second Century Ventures (which is backed by the National Association of Realtors) participated in the equity round. With the newly raised funds, Downpayments says that it will be able to “power over $200 million in investment property transactions.”

About Downpayments:

With Downpayments, property investors can leverage equity in their current properties in order to obtain an interest-free loan for their next down payment. These loans can range from $10,000 to $200,000. Additionally, the platform utilizes open banking and AI to help buyers manage their multiple mortgages including offering actionable insights.

Currently, Downpayments is available to those buying investment properties in Florida. However, according to the company’s FAQ, they are accepting applications from buyers in other states as well as those looking to purchase property as a primary residence. They intend to expand the platform later this year to service those areas.

What they’re saying:

Speaking on the idea behind the company, Downpayments founder Godfrey Dinh (who also founded Australian startup Futurerent) said, “Access to the down payment is the biggest barrier to creating wealth through property, and peoples’ personal financial lives are inseparable from their property goals. We started Downpayments to empower investors on their journey to financial independence.”

Dinh continued, “There has been very little innovation in this area, but with an abundance of data and our proprietary technology, we’re able to help people with one of the biggest purchases of their lives. We are particularly excited to begin serving property investors in Florida, where there is a tremendous level of real estate activity that we believe could grow with easier access to capital.”

Elsewhere, Dave Garland of Second Century Ventures said of the firm’s investment, “Godfrey and his team have demonstrated a best-in-class approach to innovating for the real estate financing industry. With Downpayments, they’re tackling one of the thorniest issues surrounding real estate transactions and have found a way to turn hopeful buyers into actual buyers by unlocking easier, faster access to a down payment. We are thrilled to partner with the team as they begin to scale in Florida and throughout the U.S.”

My thoughts:

Given the current state of the housing market (or, more specifically, interest rates), the concept of Downpayments makes a lot of sense. Of course, the business model is also capital-intensive. Because of that, while the startup suggests potential geographical expansions later this year, it would seem that further investment rounds will be necessary before the company can truly grow. Perhaps this initial injection can help them prove their concept in Florida, attract further investment, and allow them to expand in the way they’re clearly hoping to.

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Kyle Burbank

Head Writer ~ Fioney
Kyle is the head writer for Fioney. He is a personal finance nerd, constantly looking for new apps and services to test and incorporate into his own financial game plan. In addition to his role at Fioney, he's written for other publications including Born2Invest, Lifehack, and Laughing Place, as well as his own site Money@30. He also creates personal finance and travel-related videos for Fioney's YouTube channel, which has garnered more than 2 million views. Currently, Kyle resides in Springfield, Missouri with his wife of 10 years. Together, they enjoy traveling (including visiting Disney Parks around the world), dining, and playing with their dog Rigby.

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